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The Ireland Climate and What to Wear

Ireland has an Oceanic climate with a number of extremes in weather change. The warmest record in Ireland was 33.3 Degrees Celsius (91.84 Degrees Fahrenheit) at the Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny on June 26 1887. The coldest temperature record would be -19.1 Degrees Celsius (-2.38 Degrees Fahrenheit) that was in January 1881 at Markree castle, County Sligo.

Ireland Climate

The rainiest annual rainfall placed it’s record in 1960 at Ballaghbeena Gap with 3,964.9 mm (156.1 in). The driest however would be in 1887, with only 356.g mm (14.0 in) of rain recorded on Glasnevin, having the longest drought in Limerick having no rainfall over 38 days during April and May of 1938.

Having a typically narrow weather, having a result of moderate moist winds which happens that mostly comes from the South-Western Atlantic, that is temperate abstaining from the extreme in temperature of other global areas that has the has common latitudes.

The west part of Ireland however tends to be wetter as influenced by Atlantic storms that is it’s strongest during autumn and winter months, having destructive winds. East Mayo and North Galway had the highest annual rate of lightning ranging from 5 to 10 days per year. It seldomly snows in east Munster in contrast with Ulster that is prone to snow. Most parts of south and southwest barely snow since February 1991. Effect of weather can also vary on the elevation of land. Sunshine is highest along the southeast of Ireland.

Areas that are more in the inner part of Ireland is warmer during the summer days and tend to be colder in winter. Ireland is affected by heat waves that recently occurred in the year 1995, 2003, and 2006.

What to Wear in Ireland

In summer it would be best to wear woolen or cotton clothes while during the autumn and spring days it would be advisable to wear thicker wool sweaters or jackets. Establishments and public places are usually centrally heated, indoor temperatures are lower compared to the public places in the US and Canada. Always bring a raincoat or sweater whatever the season may be and wear comfortable shoes when trying to enjoy your walks in Ireland and sightseeing.


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The Best Time to Visit Ireland

There is always an advantage and disadvantage of picking a season to visit Ireland and the information below would be helpful to make you choose.


People who visit Ireland says that summer time is the best time to visit the country. Although in this time of year the hotel rates are high, just think of it as cover charge for a great weather. The weather is warm yet breezy during daytime and sends out a cool windy breeze at night that may require you to wear a light sweater. Ireland is crawling with tourists during this time making the town that seem lonely during the rest of the year comes alive during the summer time. All the attractions are open during this season while they limit their hours and some close during off peak seasons. If you are the type who likes big crowds, this is the best time to go, but if you’re looking for some seclusion, Summer time is not advisable.


Fall is commonly the most underrated season to visit Ireland though days are mild and does not have too much rain. The daylight of this season lasts until 9pm that becomes a great season for sightseeing marathons. Fall is around September to October and the great thing about visiting Ireland around fall would be the dropping rates of hotel accommodations. Ireland is not a deserted place during the fall since there are still visitors that dwell in the place but there are better chances of meeting Ireland folks compared to summer where the Irish peeps may have gone somewhere else.


Winter is mainly not an ideal time to visit in most countries, but there are still benefits to visiting Ireland this time around. The prices of different services are at their lowest during these times from fairs to hotel accommodation. Even if it’s winter time, the landscapes of Ireland is still beautiful. Just take note that a lot of places close during this season if they don’t close, they accommodate in limited hours.


Besides summer, a lot of travelers argue that spring is the perfect time to visit Ireland. In this time of the year, Ireland has landscapes filled with flower fields and having an average temperature making all the more fun to go sight-seeing. The locals around this time are more prone to become host as they have just came from their own breaks from tourist. However, bear in mind that this is the time where the prices of services and such are starting to go up and it is rainy during this season, but the rain only lasts shortly within a day. Some attraction may also not be open yet and some services might still be abbreviated.

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